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Koffee and Kudos October 31

Can this run Friday the 24th, Wednesday the 29th and Friday the 31st?

The Office of the President would like to invite all staff and faculty to the Kreepiest Koffee and Kudos of the year Friday, October 31 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Warrens Center. Join us for pumpkin pie, cookies, hot cider, coffee and tea. Don’t be afraid! We won’t bite (much)! 

SGI Meeting Reminder

Hello friends,


It is that time again we have our general student and new-members meeting! I want to thank you all for signing in and coming over to our table. Or finding out about our club and have taken an interest in it. 


I hope you all have been doing well and that every single one of you will be able to be inspired, learn from, or able to make friends and meet new people. In our club we really want to be able to share our practice, our philosophy in buddhism in the SGI community as well as learn from others and have dialogs with all kinds of people of all different beliefs. We hope many of you can join our meeting and will enjoy this up coming meeting.


Details on this coming meeting:


Date: Friday 24th of October

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: BMU Rm 303

Zumba and Hip Hop dance Fundraiser for Educational Talent Search

CSU Chico’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program’s purpose is to prepare and motivate low-income and/or first generation students for success in postsecondary education.  It serves 6th-12th grade students at 23 local schools.

ETS invites you to the 1st annual Zumba and Hip Hop dance scholarship fundraiser. All funds raised will go towards scholarships for deserving first generation college students.  Come dance the night away with one of the county’s top Zumba and Hip Hop dance instructors from Chico Sports Club and Studio One, Lynda Gray.

Tickets for this event will be $7 in advance and $10 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased at the ETS office located at CSU Chico, Student Services Center #470.

The Zumba and Hip Hop dance fundraiser will take place on Nov. 14 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Chico Junior High School’s Gymnasium.  Chico Junior High School is located at 280 Memorial Way, Chico, CA 95926.

For more information, contact ETS at 530-898-4429, visit us in SSS 470, or email Leah Slem at

Rock The Vote Event!!

Attend Rock the Vote 

Come to Sutter Courtyard October 28, 2014 at 4pm, and educate yourself on how, where, and when you can vote in the upcoming election, November 4th! We will be giving away FREE food to everyone who makes the pledge to vote! 


For more information check us out on Facebook:

Are you interested in improving downtown safety?

Downtown Safety Walk


The Associated Students, in partnering with faculty, various community members, and UPD, is hosting a safety walk on Tuesday, October 28th from 7-9 PM. This safety walk will focus on different areas throughout downtown, including but not limited to: 9-12th Ivy Street, W 2nd Avenue to W 4thAvenue, W Sacramento to W 1st Avenue, N Cedar to Warner, and the bike path. The point of this safety walk is to be able to target specific areas of safety concern. Up to this point in the year, the most prominent issue from students is the lack of lighting and this event allows us to specifically address that concern. We need your help as students on this campus and as leaders in your community. Many of us live in these dangerous areas and in order to see a real significant change, we need to participate and take action. 

We look forward to a partnership with you to make Chico community a safer place for all of us!


If you plan on attending the safety walk, please e-mail just so we can have a general headcount for those participating.

“The Case Against 8” Film Screening is this SATURDAY

In collaboration with Focus Film festival, the AS Gender & Sexuality Equity Center and Stonewall Alliance are co-hosting a film called “The Case Against 8” on Saturday, October 25th at 6:45pm in Chico State’s Colusa Hall. $5 tickets for the film can be purchased here.


This film is a behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.


The film will be followed by a Panel Discussion at 8:30pm provided by GSEC and Stonewall Alliance. For more information, please email our LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator at


For the entire lineup and descriptions of the films, please visit

Feminist Friday THIS FRIDAY!

Want a free GSEC button? Want to entered into a raffle for a feminist-themed basket?


Chico State’s AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) is hosting our third Feminist Friday in Trinity Commons from 10am-2pm this coming Friday, October 24th!


This Friday’s activity is a Conversation “Consent” Couch co-hosted with UMatter- people will spin the wheel, land on a UMatter ”matter” (self-care, alcohol, consent, language, purpose, listening, etc.), and discuss the following prompt. Come by and check it out!


For more information, please email our Women’s Program Coordinator at

Also, feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to stay updated on GSEC events!




Why Feminist Fridays?

Feminist Fridays aim to empower, support, and create solidarity between activists and aspiring activists of all genders on Chico State’s campus. All participants will receive a free button for each activity they complete. Those who choose to wear an activist-themed shirt will also be entered to win a feminist-themed basket. Winner will be selected on the last Feminist Friday of the semester, December 5th.

“Lacan on Love: A commentary on Lacan’s Reading of Plato’s Symposium”

“Lacan on Love: A commentary on Lacan’s Reading of Plato’s Symposium”.


Thursday, October 30th. PAC 206. 7 PM


Free and open to the public.


French Psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s various notions of love over the course of his career will be explored and will be compared at certain points with Freud’s. Freud’s rather “obsessive” theory of love will be contrasted with Lacan’s views of passion in his early work, of the “miracle” of love in his reading of Plato’s Symposium, and of love as giving what one does not have. 


Human Resources Services Center/Faculty Affairs

CSU, Chico Employees in Need of Donated Leave Credits

The following employees are in need of donated leave credits:


  • ERIC ADAMS (Staff, Facilities Management and Services)
  • GREGORY BLANKENSHIP (Staff, Facilities Management and Services)
  • DONNA KILLIINGSWORTH* (Staff, Humanities and Fine Arts)
  • MARSHA OSBORNE* (Staff, Graduate Studies)
  • SHAWN WRIGHT (Staff, University Housing and Food Services)


*Only vacation credits may be donated for purpose of family care leave.


If you wish to donate leave credits, you will need to sign the a donation form - which is available at the Human Resources Service Center (Kendall 220).   BECAUSE YOUR SIGNATURE IS REQUIRED, YOUR DONATIONS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED OVER THE PHONE OR VIA E-MAIL.

Per Catastrophic Leave Program guidelines, only the Benefits and Workers’ Compensation Unit or a union representative may solicit for Catastrophic Leave donations; solicitation by any other party is prohibited.


Candidate Visits - Vice Provost for Budget and Academic Resources

Beginning October 27th and continuing through November 18th a campus committee will be interviewing three candidates for the position of Vice Provost for Budget and Academic Resources. This critical position is currently being filled by Interim Vice-Provost Mike Ward, who has graciously agreed to assist the Interim Provost until the spot can be filled.


We have finalized the details for the candidate’s visits and wanted to provide the campus-community with the following information:


Dr. Laureen O’Hanlon– Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28

Interim Associate Dean

College of Engineering and Computer Science

California State University, Sacramento

Presentation to the campus community will be held on Monday, October 27th from 1:30p – 2:30p in CLSA 100B


Dr. David Evans – Monday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4

Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Success

California State University, Sacramento


Dr. Kristina Proctor – Monday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 18

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Colorado State University

Pueblo, Colorado


Each candidate will spend two days on campus with opportunities to meet with students, staff, faculty, and administrators.  Please watch the Campus Announcements and your e-mail for opportunities to meet with the candidates and later offer your feedback relative to the visits.

Director of Admissions Allan Bee Retiring

After working for Chico State for 27 years, Allan Bee, Director of Admissions, is retiring at the end of 2014. His last day on campus will be Oct. 30.   


Before joining the Office of Admissions in 2008, he was a director/assistant director of Chico State’s Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound for ESL Learners programs. He has continued to champion pre-college and student success initiatives in his current role as Director of Admissions. 


Please join the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Services in acknowledging Allan for his dedication to Chico State as well as the student outreach/recruitment and admissions profession. We wish him well in his next chapter!


A national search to fill the director of admissions vacancy is underway. Please share the position announcement with colleagues who may be interested in joining a progressive enrollment management services team. In the interim, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Barbara Fortin will assume the responsibilities of the Director of Admissions until the successful search for a new director is concluded. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding Admissions directly to Barbara.


Taking the Fright Out of Accessible Course Design Oct 31

Are you familiar with Universal Design? Are you relying on color to convey important information? Can a screen reader recognize your PDFs? Are your videos captioned for the hard of hearing?  Is your course accessible to ALL students?  


...Are these questions making you squeamish?


If so, we invite you to a special Halloween Accessibility workshop sponsored by the Technology and Learning Program & the Accessibility Resource Center on Friday, October 31 from 11:00-12:30 in MLIB 002.  Candy provided.


Workshop Objectives


  • Locate and use the accessible syllabus template for your courses.
  • Create accessible PDFs for upload to your course.
  • Design your course with accessibility in mind using concepts for Universal Design.   
  • Prioritize captioning when choosing video resources.


Register on the TLP web site.


All participants are welcome. If you need disability related accommodations please call Jeremy Olguin at 530-898-4863 or send an email

Medicare Workshop for Boomers

The Annual Enrollment Period for Part D drug plans and Part C Medicare Advantage plans begins October 15 and will end December 7. PASSAGES Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) is providing several community workshops titled What’s New in Medicare for 2014 to help Medicare beneficiaries make the best choice possible for their health care needs in the coming year. These workshops will explain changes in drug plans, which plans will be remaining in the area, which plans will be leaving and will also be available to answer questions about Medicare Advantage plans.


Ronda Kramer, HICAP program manager wants Medicare beneficiaries to know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period should not be confused with the Insurance Exchange enrollment period. She warns beneficiaries to be on the alert for insurance agents using aggressive tactics to sell health care coverage that is meant for those seeking coverage through the Insurance Exchange. Misinforming beneficiaries would be considered fraud. Fraudsters are very active this time of year. Seniors and others on Medicare who participate in the exchange in error may experience complications with their coverage and potential premium penalties with Medicare in the future.

Workshops for the month of November are scheduled for the following dates:


  • November 13, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Lakeside Pavilion, 2565 Lakeside Village, Chico
  • November 20, 2014 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM, Paradise Senior Center, 877 Nunnely Road, Paradise


This is a free workshop and registration is required. For more information, call HICAP at PASSAGES at 1-800-434-0222 or 530-898-6716. If your group or agency would like a workshop, contact Ronda Kramer at 530-898-6067.  And remember, HICAP does not sell or endorse any insurance products.

Study Skills Workshops October 28-29

The Student Learning Center is offering workshops on October 28-29.

Marcellus Brookshaw, EOP Advisor will be presenting on Finding a Mentor (Oct. 28). Avoiding Procrastination (Oct. 29) will be presented by EOP Interns, Francisco Salinas and Shaina Short.


Tuesday, Oct. 28

5-5:50 PM

Finding a Mentor

Marcellus Brookshaw

Wednesday, Oct. 29

12-12:50 PM

Avoiding Procrastination

Shaina Short and               Francisco Salinas


To reserve a spot in either workshop, students should sign up in advance here. Workshops are offered free of charge throughout the semester.  For additional workshop topics, dates, and times, please check the SLC website.  Many of our workshops are also available online as an alternative for those who are not able to attend the scheduled workshops. For online workshops, click on the link for Regional & Continuing Education. To find out about future workshops, check the SLC website and Announcements for updates.

Planning Ahead: Retirement Planning Basics – Start Now

As a follow-up to National Save-for-Retirement week, Human Resources is offering a general retirement workshop for employees enrolled in CalPERS.


Retirement could easily impact a quarter of your life!  Think ahead now.  This session provides an overview of the retirement process, highlights planning steps, and gives you tools to estimate your future income after retirement.  It provides information on helpful resources for all employees, whether retirement is near or far.



Planning Ahead: Retirement Planning Basics – Start Now

(click title to begin enrollment)


October 29, 2014, (Wednesday) 2:30-4:30 p.m.


Selvester’s Café, Room 100


Jackie McClain, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of Human Resources, CSU System


Who should go? 

This workshop is intended for any campus employee (and significant others) at any point in their career; in fact, the earlier the better!  While the session is not aimed at employees approaching retirement, it will be extremely beneficial for those who have retirement in their near horizon.  Employees are asked to register in advance; however, they can bring others (e.g., spouses/partners).


Retiring soon? 

If you are thinking of retiring in the near future, we recommend you notify your department in advance to ensure timely and accurate processing of pay and benefits.  While employees can retire using CalPERS’ online process, we request employees ensure the paperwork completed by their department has separation dates that align with their retirement start to ensure a smooth transition and continuation of benefits.


Registration Instructions

Register for this workshop at

1) Log in using your portal user name and password

2) Click on the My Calendar link on the left and go to the appropriate month

3) Click on the workshop title on the date you wish to attend

4) Click on the Workshop Title link at the bottom of the page under Courses

5) Click on the Enroll button directly under the workshop title in the upper left

6) Select the event and click on the Submit button.


If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact Professional Development, phone 530-898-6433, or email a week in advance of the event.


Reminder: Please share with your supervisor, in advance, that you would like to attend this training to ensure their support and that operational needs permit.


For more information, e-mail or contact Human Resources Service Center - Professional Development, at (530) 898-6433.

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